Another night in Las Vegas came to and end on Saturday with more controversial stories developing after UFC Vegas 22. The last few events have now been home to some headline making moments, with another one already brewing ahead of UFC 260 this coming weekend. We will get into accusations of spitting, COVID conspiracies, and more in this piece as we look to cover the news that happened over the past week in the world of MMA. There is a lot of ground to cover this week, so let’s get right into what went down over the weekend for you to keep betting against their UFC odds.
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The fight between Montserrat Ruiz and Cheyanne Buys was one that will be filed in the instantly forgettable folder. Buys spent the majority of the fight on the mat in a scarf hold, unable to break out and turn things into a real fight. The real action came at the final bell when Buys lost her cool in a big way, explaining after the fight that Ruiz spit in her face at the end. Ruiz denied spitting on her opponent and it has to be said that the video is inconclusive. While Ruiz certainly appeared to go through the motions of spitting, you could also argue that she was just trash talking. Either way, the incident added some color to a very bland fight.
Another strange incident came in the main event of the night, with Derek Brunson came up with a decision win over Kevin Holland. The weirdness of this bout was the behavior of Holland, who spent more time talking than he did throwing punches. At one point between rounds, he attempted to engage in a conversation with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was sitting ringside with Dana White, asking the champion for some wrestling advice. It was an odd performance to be sure and one that had White suggesting that Holland had suffered a “mental breakdown.”
Over the past few months, our weekly news and rumors articles have featured several stories about the possible return of Khabib, with speculation about who he might fight if he did come out of retirement. According to Dana White, we can now officially stop having that conversation, as Khabib is never going to return. White admitted that he has spent the last 5 months trying to coax the champ back into the octagon, but he has now finally admitted defeat. While it’s disappointing that we won’t get to see Khabib fight again, at least we can close the book on this chapter.
We are still days away from UFC 260 this weekend, but we already have some drama to report. The main card took a bit of a hit with news that one of the title fights has been postponed. Alexander Volkanovski was set to defend his Bantamweight crown against Brian Ortega, but the bout was postponed after the champ tested positive for COVID. Volkanovski claims that he had a pair of negative tests before entering the UFC bubble, which is where he tested positive. Watch the calendar, as this fight will be rescheduled.